TEENAGERS who smashed a pensioner’s windows have been made to say sorry and pay for the damage they caused.
Eighty-six-year-old Jean Hanson had called police last month, after stones broke the windows of her Hanson Grove home.
Police caught four 14-year-olds who admitted throwing the stones and agreed to make amends to the elderly widow.
Mrs Hanson, whose husband was a spitfire pilot, settled for letters of apology and said that she didn’t want to take it any further.
“I’m pleased it was sorted out so quickly,” she said. “I didn’t want to have to pay for the damage myself and then wait to be compensated.
“The children seemed genuinely sorry for what they’d done. I didn’t want them to get a police caution as it could have caused them problems in the future.”
PC Luke Prescott said that none of the schoolboys had been in trouble before and it was decided to deal with the vandalism by way of “community resolution”.
“Mrs Hanson was satisfied that the boys were sorry and didn’t want them formally prosecuted,” he explained.
“The boys agreed to split the £226 repair bill between them and also each wrote letters of apology.”
Community Resolutions have been introduced to deal with low-level crimes and free-up officers’ time.
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